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  • Fishing report - June 13

    Jun 12, 2012

    This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. Conditions encountered after the report is compiled may differ, as stream, lake and weather conditions alter fish and angler activities. Northeast Cabresto Lake: The lake and campground closed May 14 and will stay closed for about six months while the dam is being rebuilt. Charette Lakes: Fishing was good using Power Bait for trout. Best reports came from anglers fishing from the...

  • Getting their kicks

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 12, 2012

    More than 50 classic cars and 100 bikers rumbled down Tucumcari's stretch of Route 66 during a pair of weekend events. Classic cars drive along Route 66 Thursday as a part of the Cruise 66 event for the Wheels on 66 event. Gatherings for Wheels on 66 and the Mother Road Rally were held in conjunction at the Tucumcari Convention Center. "It was a good turnout and we definitley got some good groundwork for next year's event," said Kevin Mueller, Wheels on 66 coordinator. The weekend's festivities were kicked off with the registration of the New...

  • Feds: Horse operation was a front for cartel cash

    The Associated Press|Jun 12, 2012

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Federal agents raided a sprawling ranch in Oklahoma and a prominent quarter horse track in New Mexico on Tuesday, alleging the brother of a high-ranking official in a Mexican drug cartel used a horse-breeding operation to launder money. An indictment unsealed Tuesday accused Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, a key figure in the Zetas drug operation, of setting up a horse operation that a younger brother operated from a ranch near Lexington, Okla., south of Oklahoma City. Millions of dollars went through the operation, which bought,... Full story

  • Our page - June 13

    Jun 12, 2012

    Birthdays Lilly Nials Lilly Nials Lilly Nials will turn 1 year old on June 20. She will celebrate with family and friends on June 22. Lilly is the daughter of Dustin and Relissa Nials. She is the granddaughter of Ray and Jo Ann Nials and Robin and Aleta Smith. She is the great-granddaughter of Leona Smith. Lilly loves to play with rocks, sticks, and mud. She also spends her time stealing toys from her sister Rilee, and brother, Payson. — Submitted by Relissa Nials Payson Nials Payson Nials Payson Nials turned 5 years old on June 6. He c... Full story

  • iPads have many applications

    Karl Terry CMI columnist|Jun 12, 2012

    I'm happy to report my wife and I are now a two iPad family. Her iPad just doesn't happen to work. You can use an iPad for nearly anything, well actually, we learned (the hard way) they're not much of a drink coaster. We went through serious withdrawal symptoms before we replaced our drowned iPad. I knew when they first came out I would like it, I just didn't realize how attached I would become. My wife uses the iPad to listen to talk radio wherever she's at in the house or on the patio. Even in a motel room. She's also a big fan of using it... Full story

  • Editorial: We don't forget, but we do forgive easily

    Clovis Media Inc|Jun 12, 2012

    E astern New Mexico residents are a hearty breed of independent, headstrong people loyal to each other. That trait shows through regardless of politics — most of the time. However, we saw that link tested before Tuesday's primary election. It nearly broke for Republican friends and neighbors. The last two months were especially nasty for the GOP members of Senate District 7 (Curry, Union and Quay counties). The race ended with voters rejecting Republican Gov. Susana Martinez' ham-fisted attempt to tell her east-side followers to select her c... Full story

  • Mesalands Community College offering summer camp

    Special to the QCS|Jun 12, 2012

    Mesalands Community College welcomes young and adult campers to participate in Summer Adventure Camp, July 16-21. Summer Adventure Camp will provide a week of fun and learning for campers of all ages. The theme this year is "Summer Stampede for the Entire Family." The camp includes southwestern themed classes and a tour and lunch at Conchas Dam on Saturday. "Summer Adventure Camp will be a great family experience and an opportunity to learn more about the southwest," Donna M. Garcia, director of academic affairs at Mesalands said. "This year...

  • Family buys first home through USDA program

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 12, 2012

    A Tucumcari family celebrated the purchase of their first home Tuesday, in large part due to the United States Department of Agriculture's rural home loan program. This program creates opportunities for families like the Martinez's to become home owners and be a part of the American dream, said Tammye Trevino, USDA Housing Administrator. Danny Trevino, a USDA housing administrator based out of Washington D.C., was in Tucumcari to congratulate Francisco and Keren Martinez. She called the program a great way for families to become part of the...

  • Statewide fire restrictions enacted

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 12, 2012

    Forecasted rainfall for the Quay County area may hold off fears of the threat associated with a recent statewide fire restrictions, but caution is still advised, according to local fire officials. On Tuesday morning, Energy, Mineral and Natural Resources Department Secretary John Bemis and State Forester Tony Delfin placed restrictions on fireworks, smoking, campfires and open fires to non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal land in the state. "Recent high temperatures and low humidity levels have dried our forest and wildland vegetation sign... Full story

  • Local youth to start work on train depot improvement

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 12, 2012

    Area teens participating in a state youth program will work to improve the landscape of the Tucumcari Train Depot. Seven Tucumcari teens will be participating in the New Mexico Youth Conservation Corps, said Community Development Director Yvette Fazekas. Fazekas said each year the teens work on a project aimed at improving community facilities. The work these youth have completed in the past can be seen all over the community, said City Manager Doug Powers. Powers said the gazeboes next to the Chamber of Commerce and Northside Park and...

  • Water acclimation classes offered

    Thomas Garcia QCS Senior Writer|Jun 12, 2012

    Tucumcari's city pool is well in to its summer operation hours with staff offering water acclimation sessions. QCS photo: Thomas Garcia Bailee Gries enjoys the slide at the city pool Tuesday afternoon. It's all about getting the kids familiar with the water and the pool's surroundings, said Kim Garcia, pool manager. Garcia said the sessions do not teach the child the swim, as it's more of an adjustment class to get them used to being around the water. She said the classes are held outside normal business hours so all seven of the life guards... Full story

  • Police blotter - June 13

    QCS staff reports|Jun 12, 2012

    The following is a sampling of calls received by the central dispatch office for Quay County, based at the Tucumcari Police Department. Friday - At 12:02 a.m., an alarm was reported at a business on the 100 block of S. First Street. - At 10:04 a.m., an officer conducted a traffic stop on the 200 block of S. Highway 54. A man and woman were arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle and both taken to the Quay County Detention Center. - At 12:51 p.m.,, a woman reported a fight at a park on the 600 block of W. Route 66. - At 2:59 p.m., a man... Full story

  • Soccer camp starts next week

    QCS staff reports|Jun 12, 2012

    Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp will be coming to Tucumcari on June 18-22 for ages 4-13. You can register at or at Shipley Systems Radio Shack. For information call Clair Strong at 461-6035.... Full story

  • On the shelves - June 13

    Jun 12, 2012

    The following books are now available at the Tucumcari Public Library Fiction "11th Hour" by James Patterson. Detective Lindsay Boxer and the Women's Murder Club investigate a possible serial killer. "Deadlocked" by Charlaine Harris. The telepathic waitress Sookie Stackhouse investigates a murder that has more to do with her than she imagines. "Unnatural Acts" by Stuart Woods. The New York lawyer Stone Barrington becomes involved in the family problems of a billionaire hedge fund manager. "The Witness" by Nora Roberts. A programmer hides from... Full story

  • Nature's light show impresses

    Thomas Garcia QCS columnist|Jun 12, 2012

    It seems that the things we fear are sometimes the things we revere. One could say we are well into our storm season here in Quay County. If you were awake Monday night at 10:30 p.m. and looking to the heavens, you would have seen the lightning coming in from what seemed like all sides. The Mother Nature did not disappoint, orchestrating a majestic light show across a seemingly endless sky. Lightning is one of those beauties in which you must respect at all times, it's very essence is not one which you should toy with or ridicule. It's allure...

  • Comments from the canyons: Canyons rich with 'pretty rocks'

    Lynn Moncus QCS columnist|Jun 12, 2012

    We often visit about the beauty of our county, especially about the plants, flowers, and trees. That does not mean we don't appreciate the beauty of that which lies beneath that growth: dirt, rocks, fossils, and artifacts. Growing up in those canyons at lma gave me the best opportunity any child could have to learn a lot about geology without even trying. In those days, children were not kept from playing in the dirt. In fact, we spent more time checking out various shades of dirt than we did in noting the patterns in the drapes. Those canyons...